VIENNA — European intermediaries began shuttling between Iranian and U.S. officials in Vienna on Tuesday as they sought to bring both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago.
Iran has steadily overstepped the accord’s limits on its nuclear program in response to the United States’ withdrawal from the accord under then-President Donald Trump in 2018 and its re-imposition of sanctions that have crippled the Islamic Republic’s economy.
While Tehran has repeatedly rebuffed “direct and indirect negotiations” with its old foe, Washington said on Monday it expected the discussions to be difficult. Neither side expected any early breakthrough.
Even without face-to-face talks, however, the presence of both Iran and the United States in the same location marks a step forward.
“We are confident that we are on the right track, and if America’s will, seriousness and honesty is proven, it could